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Managing to your People

One thing I've learned over the years is that great managers manage to the strengths and weaknesses of their people. That seems obvious, but it happens far too rarely.

I was reminded of this one today while I was reading Peter King's weekly Sports Illustrated column. In it, he was talking about Mike Smith (the new coach of the Atlanta Falcons), and how he's using John Abraham:

"[Managing him that way] hasn't been just for preservation,'' said Smith. "It's been for effectiveness. Different players have different muscular efficiency, and what we're doing here is trying to maximize that in our guys.''

It's a fascinating article on what kind of productivity you get when you watch your people and manage them appropriately.

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